Definition of aground adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈɡraʊnd//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈɡraʊnd//
Travelling by boat or ship
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if a ship runs/goes aground, it touches the ground in shallow water and cannot move The oil tanker ran/went aground off the Spanish coast. See related entries: Travelling by boat or ship Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘on the ground’): from a- ‘on’ + ground.

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